There is hardly anything more exciting to a genealogist than a long awaited release of records. Especially when those records are IMAGES.
Today, the heretofore only indexed Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1939, have been released to us on michiganology.org
I heard this news early this morning and by now, I’m sure most of you have heard it also.
WHAT DID I DO BEFORE GOING ONLINE TO LOOK FOR RECORDS?
I went into my Legacy database and ran a report that would give me the names of everyone in my database that died after 1920 and before 1940.
A list of 274 individuals was created. Because I didn’t designate a place of death the list included those without a place of death and those with a place of death. I found that when I designated “place of death” Michigan I got very few results.
I began going thru my list. The people who died in another state could easily be ignored and I could concentrate on those whose place of death was either Michigan or those with no place of death. Since I’m familiar with my family names it was easy to pick out those I needed to check.
Here is page one from my list of 274 names.
I can see that Adams & Ainsworth died in the correct time period and that they are buried in Michigan. I can also see that Henrietta Barnes died during the 1921-1939 time period. I know I can rule out the Allen & Armstrong names because they aren’t associated with my Michigan ancestors.
Using this list, I began to enter the criteria into the seekingmichigan.org site for death records.
I can tell you that it was a very successful day and I have located and saved 21 death certificates to my computer.
Rather than enter and source each one into my database as I found them, I decided to crop and adjust them and save them to my computer. I made a list of the RIN number and the person’s name. This will now allow me to go back and take the time I need to take to properly document each death certificate.
There are still more names to check from my list. But, I will take these 21 certificates and complete my entry and sourcing before going on to find more.
I have to admit it was kind of difficult to stop myself today. Having access to records I have previously had to pay as much as $22-36 for is indeed a treat.
Please share with me how many death certificates you were able to find. Did you find any surprises? Tear down any brick walls? I don’t think I have yet, but there is more on this list to explore.
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